Jeremy Clarkson throws Greta Thunberg backhanded compliment

Jeremy Clarkson has congratulated Greta Thunberg for her ‘unrealistic dream’ in a rather back-handed compliment after she was crowned ‘Person of the Year’ by Time Magazine.

At just 16, she is the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious accolade.

The former Top Gear presenter took to social media to send his congrats as he exclaimed that he might not share her dream, but it’s ‘shared by millions of others’.

He tweeted: ‘Congrats to Greta Thunberg from the old dinosaur. I think her dream is unrealistic but it’s hers and it’s shared by millions of others.’

It follows after the 59-year-old, hit out at Greta, and claimed school pupils are taught that vehicles are ‘evil’.

He recently said: ‘…Greta Thunberg has killed the car show. They’re taught at school, before they say “Mummy and Daddy”, that cars are evil, and it’s in their heads.’

The duo’s Grand Tour co-host Richard Hammond agreed as he added: ‘I hate to say it, but I think Jeremy is right. Young people don’t care about cars.

‘How many kids now are growing up with posters of cars on their bedroom wall?’

Greta made news in 2018 when she inspired international youth climate strikes and later sailed across the Atlantic in a ‘zero carbon’ yacht to attend the UN climate action summit in August 2019.

Jeremy previously called Greta a ‘spoilt brat’ after he took umbrage at the activist’s efforts to get world leaders to tackle climate change. He then stepped up the offensive, telling Greta to ‘shut up’ and go back to school.

The former Top Gear host said: ‘She’s mad and she’s dangerous and she’s causing young children sleepless nights with her idiocy.

‘No, I think she needs to go back to school and shut up.’

James May also suggested that his former co-star is ‘threatened’ by the teenager.

James has insisted his pal’s views are unfounded because their show is still going strong, while the pair’s former programme Top Gear is also still on – albeit with a different cast.

‘He’s feeling threatened or something. I don’t think Greta’s destroyed car programmes,’ James told Bang Showbiz.

‘We’re still making ours and as far as I saw the other day the BBC are still making theirs and there are still quite a few on the internet.’

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